1xLP on Now Again Records 2017
Originally released circa 1976 on various Afro Soul singles.
All songs written by Ebba Chitambo and Wells Fargo. Produced by Crispen Matema. Recorded at Teal Studios, Salisbury, Rhodesia circa 1976 by unknown engineer(s), possibly including Hilton Mambo. Personnel: Ebba Chitambo (Drums, Lead Vocals), George Phiri (Lead Guitar), Handsome Mabhiza (Rhythm Guitar), Never Mpofu (Bass).
This anthology produced by Eothen Alapatt and Matthew Shechmeister
Associate production by Albert Nyathi.
Liner notes by Matthew Shechmeister.
Restoration and remastering by Dave Cooley for Elysian Masters, Los Angeles, with transfers in Zimbabwe done by Matthew Shechmeister.
"Rock music and revolution in '70s Zimbabwe. Just as the hippie era came to an end in America, a second '60s was beginning. In what is now Zimbabwe, young people created a rock and roll counterculture that drew inspiration from hippie ideals and the sounds of Hendrix and Deep Purple. The kids in the scene called their music 'heavy,' because they could feel its impact, and it resonated from Zambia to Nigeria. At its peak in the mid-70s, the heavy rock scene united tens of thousands of young progressives of all racial and social backgrounds. The country was called Rhodesia then, one of the last bastions of white rule in Africa, and heavy rockers defied segregation laws and secret police to make a stand for democratic change. Wells Fargo was at the forefront of the scene, and the title track of this album, 'Watch Out,' was the anthem of the counterculture. This is the first time their music has been issued outside of Zimbabwe.
Art direction by Errol Richardson for Busy Monster.